Our 'kind' take on an animal-themed kids party …
Birthdays don’t come bigger than your first, so making the milestone a magical experience for the little munchkins is one of our favourite pastimes as stylists. We’ve seen it all at LENZO when it comes to colour schemes and party themes, so when planning a first birthday for super cute Stevie, we knew it had to be a conceptually cool celebration.
The first big bash of many, we were reminded that for Stevie, these photos – just like the world around her – would live forever. So rather than create a throw away moment, we brought in the best event suppliers in the birthday biz to craft a party that was as kind on the eye as it was to the planet.
Balloons at birthdays often fill environmentalists with hot air (pardon the pun!), so for this first birthday we worked with an industry leading supplier to be as earth friendly – yet fun – as possible.
Belle Balloons use only the highest quality latex balloons made from the sap of rubber trees, allowing them to break down over time. The latex is sourced from plantations certified by the Sustainable Rainforest Alliance and the Forest Stewardship Council, but like all other items at the end of an event, it’s important that all balloons are disposed of in the rubbish bin or compost where possible.
Recognising the impact that balloons can have when released into the environment, Belle Balloons are a Pro Environment Balloon Alliance (PEBA) member supporting their effort to make Australia ‘The First Balloon Release Free Continent’ in the world. They have a strict policy against events that intend to release their colourful creations into the environment and offer pack-down services to ensure balloons are always disposed of correctly.
In fashionable colours perfect for our pastel palette, Namely Co provided comfort (and cuteness!) with their range of personalised cushions and blankets. A bespoke knitwear brand renowned for using baby-friendly organic yarn, Namely Co are dedicated to high quality design and specialised knitting techniques.
Serving up a splendid spread of spotted, striped and safari-themed sweet treats, Splendid Servings cookies and cupcakes were the ultimate party feast. The pièce de résistance – a ravishing rainbow birthday cake – featured a rattan divider in keeping with our party décor and a gorgeous white chocolate balloon garland.
A sweet and savoury spread fit for a birthday princess, the petite posse settled into their seats to sample the latest snacks from Little Bellies.
From pram to playground, Little Bellies understand the importance of inspiring tiny tastebuds at the early stages of their life-long food discovery journey. Simple and subtle in both flavour and texture, Little Bellies’ organic range free (from added salt sugar and harmful artificial nasties!) was the perfect choice for our earth conscious party.
Alongside recyclable partyware by Ruby Rabbit, wonderful wooden place settings by our friends at Fox and Hart were a gorgeous addition to the kids table. Featuring colourful pastel tassels, the hand-crafted place settings complemented their natural wood invitations – the ultimate party keepsake – and the illustrative welcome sign that greeted guests on arrival.
As a birthday party is hardly complete without a little take-home treat, we opted for premium party bags by the business whose name says it all - Oh Goodie!. Spoiling the gorgeous guests with selection of their Rainbow and Party Animal collections, Oh Goodie!’s reusable cotton bags with bubble blowers, playdough and animal toys promoted age-appropriate fun (minus an all-mighty sugar high!).
Adding fun, flair and a stylish safari touch to our setup, animal heads from Sacred Bundle stopped everyone dead in their tracks! An on-trend addition to our styling the lightweight wall hangings in blonde rattan made an elegant but eye-catching statement.
Prettied and preened by Kelly Rose MUA, the girls’ beautiful braids and buns were an adorable match for their whimsical wardrobe by India and Grace. Designed in Australia, and ethically made using only the finest fabrics and materials, the girls loved their vintage-inspired looks just as much as we did! In dusty rose, latte, peach and white, the India and Grace pieces were as comfortable and functional as they were beautiful, withstanding hours of feasting on food and party play.
Proudly announcing her special day with custom neon from sign from Neon Collective Co, On Trend Event Hire elevated our supplier’s efforts both figuratively and literally with their backdrop (also available in pretty pink!), plinths and cake stands.
A recent addition to their stunning kid’s table settings (LENZO love their low picnic benches), Little Party Play’s range of furniture and fun for littlies are a crisp blank canvas suitable for any party scheme or theme. A hit with children of all ages, their 2-in-1 crate tables promise hours of artful activity, with interchangeable LEGO and chalkboard tabletops.
Loved by Stevie and her friends as much as the parents present, Marla + Co’s magnificent chandeliers colourfully crowned the day’s celebrations.
Lovingly created to order in custom colour palettes, each chandelier’s fluffy, full tassels are handmade to increase the quality of the hangings and to avoid mass-production. A traditional folk craft designed to brighten up the home, Marla + Co’s playful pom pom Pajakis are equally fun and festive for the young at heart.
From the cake, balloons and partyware to the table setting, props and entertainment, Stevie’s super cute shindig was simply a sweet success! An occasion that stylishly celebrated her first 12 months on earth, our animal-themed kids party commended our favourite party suppliers committed to caring for the environment.
They mightn’t remember the day itself, but your child’s first birthday is a momentous occasion that calls for celebration!
For a LENZO planned bash that will out-do any park party, get in touch with our stylists to start planning your little squirt’s spectacular … because let’s be honest, it’s as much a salute to your first year child-rearing as it is to their age!
Until next event,
START PLANNING YOUR OWN 'KIND' KID’S PARTY!
STYLING LENZO / PHOTOGRAPHER Melanie Desa / VENUE Topiary at Bells Hotel / BALLOONS Belle Balloons / BABY SNACKS Little Bellies / ANIMAL HEADS Sacred Bundle / CHANDELIERS Marla + Co / BACKDROP, PLINTHS & CAKE STANDS On Trend Event Hire / DECALS Pickawall / NEON SIGN Neon Collective Co / KIDS FURNITURE, BALL PIT, SLIDE & ROCKER Little Party Play / PARTYWARE & PAPER MASKS Ruby Rabbit / DESSERTS & CAKE Splendid Servings / PARTY BAGS Oh Goodie! / PLACE SETTINGS, STATIONERY & SIGNAGE Fox and Hart / PERSONALISED BLANKETS & CUSHIONS Namely Co / SUITCASES Olliella / KIDS CLOTHING India and Grace / HAIR & MAKEUP Kelly Rose MUA / MODELS Winter Woolfe (via Giant Management), Isabella Monaghan and Eliza Monaghan